Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Harry Handler

My father-in-law died in March (I previously shared the obituary) and a few weeks ago, the family gathered again at Woodbine Brotherhood Cemetery in Woodbine, New Jersey for the unveiling of the gravestone.


The Hebrew reads: Tzvi Hersh son of Joseph the Levite and Lena

The family plot is mostly relatives of my mother-in-law and Handler was added to the plot stone.


See other gravestones at this plot here and here. My mother-in-law's grandparents' stones can be seen here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Sally Handler (d. 1932)


Here lies
Our dear (or beloved) mother
Chaya Sarah daughter of Mr. Tzvi
Died 25 Tishrei 5693

Mother
Sally Handler
Died Oct. 25, 1932
Age 78 Yrs.

I got help with the Hebrew translation by the Steve Morse Deciphering Hebrew Tombstone Dates in One Step and JewishGen's Reading Hebrew Tombstones, as well as confirmation via the Tracing the Tribe Facebook Group.

This is my husband's great-grandmother, buried in Lansing Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. I wrote about finding this at Great-Grandmother Sarah or Sally Handler.

Sally's youngest grandson was my father-in-law, who died this past March and whose gravestone will be unveiled this coming weekend. He was named after Sally's father.

Many thanks to FindAGrave volunteer PatMaruna for fulfilling my longtime photo request for Sally Handler's memorial.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

DNA ~ Chromosome Browser and Endogamy

This is a continuation of the DNA ~ Second Cousin post where I share some screenshots of the chromosome browser at GEDmatch.

The chromosome browser on GEDmatch is a little different than the one at FamilyTreeDNA (for those of you who have seen those results).  In the graphical results, each color represents a different length of cM (centimorgan, a unit of measurement of DNA). A user should look for red, orange and yellow (and maybe green) when scanning through the browser results. (You can also just look at the numerical results.)


When the GEDmatch user selects two or more DNA test results and compares them in the chromosome browser, the user sees numbers which represent where along the chromosome (and for how long) the match is.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

DNA ~ Second Cousin Results at AncestryDNA and GEDmatch

A second cousin (GS) has tested with AncestryDNA which shows that he shares 251 cM (centimorgans - a unit of DNA measurement) of DNA across 16 segments. This indicates a second cousin relationship, which we knew. They have the same great-grandparents: Aaron and Rozalia (Szali) Handler. (See their 1882 marriage record from Ilok, Serbia.)

Screen shot from AncestryDNA results

There are plenty of resources at AncestryDNA for a user to learn about and understand the results, and those testing at Ancestry should definitely upload a family tree, which makes this process much more useful for all. However, AncestryDNA does not have a chromosome browser.

I asked that this cousin upload the results to GEDmatch so I could compare his results with the results I have from FamilyTreeDNA and I can compare the DNA results using the chromosome browser there.

For more information about GEDmatch, visit the FAQ pages or the main page of the GEDmatch Wiki. It is a free resource though donations are accepted. (If you're reading this between July 9 and July 13, 2016, watch this Legacy Family Tree webinar to learn more about GEDmatch. It's free only through July 13.)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Happy Fifth Blogiversary

This is post number 193 in five years of blogging. I do have more to share and will do my best to have at least a couple of posts each month.

During this past year, I completed a series of Surname Saturday posts where I shared the ancestral lines of my husband's family:

Handler (from Ljuba, Erdevik, Ilok, in former Hungary (then Yugoslavia, now Serbia))
Goldstein (from Iaşi, Romania)
Hollander (from Bonyhád, Hungary)
Levitas/Levitt (from Husiatyń, in former Galicia, Austria, now Ukraine)
Honenvald (from Hőgyész, Hungary)
Segal (from Shytomir/Zhytomyr, Ukraine)
Moskowitz (from Iaşi, Romania)

In the coming year I hope to share more about using DNA. I would like to use a chromosome browser to display how my husband and his parents are related to known cousins and then figure out how they are related to genetic cousins whose exact relationship is unknown. AncestryDNA doesn't have a chromosome browser, but FamilyTreeDNA and GEDmatch do. GEDmatch is free, but a transfer in of data is needed. It's very easy to transfer data from other DNA testing websites.

If I enough cousins have their DNA tested, I can explore Kitty Cooper's Chromosome Mapper tool, as displayed at Lara Diamond's Lara's Jewnealogy blog.

I also want to share some more of the many photographs that I have of this family.

And, of course, if there are any exciting new finds, I will be sure to share them.

Thank you to those of you who continue to read my blog even if I don't post very often.

Friday, May 20, 2016

USCIS C-File for Morris Goldstein ~ The Applications

When I last wrote about Morris Goldstein's C-File, I said that there was more work he had to do to obtain the replacement citizenship certificate that he wanted (and presumably needed).

The next documents are two applications with the same heading (see image) - one handwritten and another typed. There was a $10 fee for obtaining this replacement Certificate of Citizenship.


The handwritten application is dated 18th day of April 1931.


This is Morris Goldstein's signature and someone else's handwritten "Woodbine, N.J." which is in different handwriting than in the previous post (which was his wife's handwriting), so perhaps he dictated it to the notary public who notarized the application.

There is an undated letter from the Commissioner of Naturalization (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Naturalization) which states that the naturalization paper is being returned to "be amended and promptly returned to this office." Three months later, there is a typed application.

Monday, May 16, 2016

USCIS C-File for Morris Goldstein ~ His Letter to Washington, D.C.

I am sharing documents that I received as part of the USCIS C-File for Morris Goldstein, my husband's grandfather. I first shared a 1918 Certificate of Citizenship for a Rhode Island Morris Goldstein and the replacement 1931 Certificate for Pop-pop (as he was known to his grandchildren).

I have concluded that this file has combined two men of the same name, born within a few months of each other in 1897. One immigrated to Boston in August 1913 and the other to New York City in August 1914.

Additional documents in this file include the July 1918 petition for naturalization for Morris Goldstein of Central Falls, Rhode Island, where he states that he was born in Brest, Russia. His occupation was "Machinist." (This signature looks like "signature #1" in the previous post: Comparing Signatures.)

Pop-pop was a tailor and spent his entire working life in the garment industry in New York City and in Woodbine, New Jersey.

Letterhead from March 5, 1931 letter
The C-File file also includes most of the correspondence that Pop-pop had with government officials as he tried to get a replacement citizenship certificate. There is a March 5, 1931, letter from a Major General at the War Department letting him know that "No record has been found in this office of the naturalization papers of Morris Goldstein, Army Serial No. 4,489,126." (This serial number agrees with the abstract of his service that I shared in January 2014.) He is instructed to contact the Commissioner of Naturalization, Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.